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Bush chosen first in MLB Draft

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New York, NY (Sports Network) - The have selected hometown high school favorite Matt Bush, a shortstop, as the top overall pick in the 2004 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. A couple weeks ago it was thought the would select Long Beach State high school pitcher Jered Weaver with Florida State shortstop Stephen Drew also on their short list.

The Detroit selected Old Dominion righthander Justin Verlander with the second pick. A pair of pitchers from Rice went next as the took Philip Humber at No. 3 and Tampa Bay selected Jeff Niemann fourth.

Weaver was taken at No. 11 by the Anaheim , while Drew was taken at No. 15 by Arizona. Weaver is the younger brother of Los Angeles hurler . Drew joined his brothers, J.D. and Tim as being first-round selections, making the first brother trio to accomplish the feat.

Bush hit .423 this season and had an 8-2 record as a pitcher for Mission Bay High School in San Diego. Described as a strong five-tool player, who has a great attitude on the field, Bush has a fastball that can reach 95 mph on the mound and that translates into a huge advantage at shortstop.

Head coach Dennis Pugh notes in his 30 years of coaching Bush is the best player he's ever seen and at this point he could actually be ready defensively at the major league level. His bat speed is a plus and he can hit for power despite his small 5-foot-10, 170-pound frame.

Bush played quarterback and safety as a sophomore, but stopped playing football to remain injury-free in pursuit of a baseball career.

This marked the first year the picked No. 1 since taking righthander Andy Benes in 1988 out of Evansville.

The Tampa Bay made high school outfielder Delmon Young the top overall pick in the 2003 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. He is the younger brother of current Detroit Tiger .

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